California mudslide survivor recounts losing life partner

We’re training some-more about the 17 people killed in the Southern California mudslides. The victims who died during the charge and mudflows early Tuesday operation in age from 3 to 89. Four were children. Several some-more people are still blank and authorities contend the death fee could rise.

“This is all we have, all is gone,” Lalo Barajas told CBS News’ Carter Evans. 

All he has left to remember his life partner of 17 years, Peter Fleurat, are the mementos he found a half mile from their house. He says they lived in a intentional depletion zone, so they motionless to float out Tuesday’s storm. Then the mudslide hit.

“The floor, felt like it had no support at all, it was rolling underneath me,” Barajas said. “The walls just detonate open, the sand came in and just shot us both out of the house.”

They were shortly pulled in opposite directions.

“The last thing Peter yelled out to me was ‘Lalo, squeeze onto some timber and don’t let go.’ And that was the last we listened of him,” he recounted.

Officials contend they tried to give people vital in the area plenty warning starting the weekend before the charge around emails, content messages and phone calls.

“When the charge finally hit, the National Weather Service put out a WEA alert, which is identical to an Amber Alert, observant that peep flooding was imminent,” pronounced Robert Lewin, executive of Santa Barbara County’s Office of Emergency Management.

That warning went to the area influenced by last month’s Thomas Fire at 2:46 a.m. Tuesday, but Santa Barbara officials were endangered it didn’t strech certain Verizon customers. They then released a county-wide warning at 3:51 a.m., when the waste upsurge was already starting. Officials answered critique Thursday that those alerts came too late.

“We knew we couldn’t put out a WEA when we were doing the depletion orders and warnings since it would’ve left out to the whole county, would’ve caused good confusion,” Lewin said.

“I don’t consider they could have ever saw this coming, but we consider that if they had pronounced everybody should leave, we wouldn’t have seen as many people in this conditions right now,” Barajas said. 

The Office of Emergency Management pronounced it’s looking at ways to urge the warning system. The sheriff’s bureau told CBS News it released intentional and imperative depletion orders formed on the best information they had, but the rain fell much faster and harder than expected.

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